We joyfully spend our Easter weekend with about 2000 others who are learning to lead in the church. We had a fabulous Lads to Leaders weekend every year that concludes with worship with all these lovely church family members. It is such an encouragement!
This year, the girls list of activities is huge –
Year Round Songs of Praise
Year Round Bible Reading
Year Round Puppet Theater
Year Round Bulletin Board
Art Says It
Bible Bowl – individual test
Bible Bowl – team events
Songs of Praise convention event
Bible Reading convention event
Puppet Theater convention event
It feels like I am missing an event or two but that could be because several events are wrapped up in Art Says It. The thing I want to share about this is the commitment. I am so proud of the girls because they committed to the program and their chosen events and then stuck to it. They wanted to stop sometimes. They didn’t enjoy it sometimes. But every time was time spent with God and learning more about His will and way. This is where the purpose of the program lies. It is fun to get recognition for things but the truth is that I would rather see their desire continue to grow.
The girls have already documents hours towards next year’s convention and events. Because they enjoy it and it is important to them. If you have opportunity to get involved with Lads to Leaders, I highly recommend it. You will do nothing better than to encourage your children to grow in God.
AND, then we celebrated Easter later.
The fun part, I mean. We enjoy hiding eggs and eating fun foods. When we returned home from Lads to Leaders, the Easter Bunny had left baskets on the table for the girls. Nothing grand but a few candies they don’t normally get and a pretty hair doo-dad.
We had bought a carton of cascarones – confetti eggs. We did that one day about a week after Easter before At Home Dad went to work. We hid the eggs. The girls got to find four each and then they could smash them on someone. They had some oopsies and threw a couple that didn’t break. Guess who was faster than they were at grabbing them? Yep – I got to smash a couple of eggs on mischievous girls. 🙂
A couple weeks later, we hid our glow-in-the-dark Egglo eggs and had a nighttime egg hunt. It was fun since the girls came in from dance and got to do that. A nighttime egg hunt is always different so it was lots of fun.
You know – it is good for kids to learn that it isn’t the day that is important. It is what it commemorates and the time spent together. This is huge so that when you can’t celebrate a holiday “on its day” it doesn’t become a heartbreak. Because, life happens and holidays don’t take breaks. I have seen too many people put aside good works because they felt they had to celebrate a holiday “on its day.” That is just not true and the sooner we learn that, the easier and more meaningful celebrations become.
So, celebrate when the time is right for your family and remember the important things in life. And most of all,
Lori, At Home.